One of Stark County’s best young boys basketball players is on the move and headed north, just as another talented teenager is leaving Summit County to go home to Lorain County.
Sencire Harris, who will be a sophomore, plans to leave North Canton Hoover and enroll at St. Vincent-St. Mary next season, his father confirmed to the Canton Repository. Meanwhile, the Akron Beacon Journal has learned that Seth Wilson, who will be a junior. is departing St. V-M to enroll at Lorain next season.
“It was a difficult decision and we thought about it for a while,” TJ Harris said. “There is some stuff going on off the court, a mix of community and family things. We feel this is what’s best for him.”
The elder Harris said the decision came down to St. V or a prep school. After talking to the father of Malvern native and former St. V star Jayvon Graves, who now plays college ball for the Buffalo Bulls, the Irish were the choice.
TJ Harris declined to elaborate on the off-court issues, but stressed: “The on-court stuff was great. I’ll say it again: great. I saw the work they were putting in. The team is in a great place.
“Off the court, in the community, there were some things that bothered me.”
Hoover coach Mike Bluey declined to comment on the situation.
Sencire Harris averaged 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.0 steals as a freshman, earning third-team All-Ohio honors. The 6-foot-4 lefty — a long, slender, explosive athlete — shot 41.3 percent from the field, 26.1 percent from the 3-point line and 62.5 percent from the foul line.
Harris, who turns 17 in late September and has attended North Canton schools since sixth grade, earned first-team All-Federal League and All-Northeast Inland District honors.
Harris has been invited to participate in the Nike Top 100 16U camp in St. Louis later this month.
The Vikings jumped from 4-19 in 2017-2018 to 14-10 in Harris’ freshman season, which also was Bluey’s first in North Canton.
St. V-M lost in the Division I state championship game this past season to Cincinnati Archbishop Moeller after being moved out of Division II for competitive balance reasons. St. V-M, which has won eight state titles, has reached a state final four years in a row. The previous three were in Division II where the Irish lost to New Concord John Glenn in 2016 and then beat Wauseon in 2017 and Trotwood-Madison in 2018.
Wilson grew up in Lorain and attended middle school in Westlake. He averaged about 13 points, four rebounds and three assists per game as a sophomore, and shot about 45 percent from the field, 40 percent from the 3-point line and 80 percent from the free-throw line.
Wilson, who is 6-3, announced on Saturday on Twitter that he was leaving St. V-M to attend Lorain.
“I’m going back to the steel [city],” Wilson tweeted. “… Due to personal circumstance I will be returning home for my last two years and will be attending Lorain high.”
Wilson thanked all of the coaches, teachers, staff and fans at St. V-M, and then thanked all of his Irish teammates “from the past two years for all the great memories and games and the championship we won and played in.”
Wilson helped St. V-M go 21-8 as a freshman and 24-4 as a sophomore. St. V-M coach Dru Joyce II bid farewell to 2019 seniors Lunden McDay, Chris Painter, Keyshawn Jones, Darius Cone, Jordan Addison and Josh Jones.
St. V-M is set to return starter Malaki Branham and reserves Marcus Johnson and Isaiah Ingol.